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Wayne Resource Guide Lead Poisoning


Wayne County Public Health
1519 Nye Rd., Lyons
315.946.5749
www.co.wayne.ny.us
What is lead poisoning? Lead poisoning is caused by swallowing or breathing in lead. Lead is a metal that can harm children and adults when it gets into their bodies. There are many sources of lead. Lead can be found in dust, air, water, soil, and in some products used in and around our homes. Lead can harm a young child's growth, behavior, and ability to learn. Children under six years old are more likely to get lead poisoning than any other age group. Most often, children get lead poisoning from breathing in or swallowing dust from old lead paint that gets on floors and windowsills, hands and toys. Lead can also be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy. Although lead poisoning is preventable, lead continues to be a major cause of poisoning among children. Thousands of children are still at risk. The Department of Public Health provides information on testing and staff who provide follow-up services for children with elevated blood lead levels. By appointment only. Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm.



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